Serena Williams Reveals She Is Pregnant With First Child
Serena Williams, the most successful female tennis player of the Open era, has revealed she is 20-weeks pregnant with her first child.
She had posted a close up of her growing bump on Snapchat, posing in a mirror with the message: “20 weeks”, before deleting it.
She waited more than six hours to make any public comment, stoking furious debate among tennis fans about whether or not she was joking.
The world No 2 has not played since the Australian Open in January where she beat sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 for her 23rd grand slam title. Last month the American pulled out of Indian Wells and Miami Open citing a knee injury.
The tennis superstar will not play again in 2017 but will return to the tour in 2018, her spokeswoman said.
Williams, who will return to world number one next week, would be eligible to retain her ranking under the WTA special ranking rule if she is ready to play her first tournament within 12 months of giving birth.
Williams announced in December that she was engaged to Alexis Ohanian, a co-founder of Reddit, the social messaging site.
Williams will be 36 in September and has achieved every milestone possible during an illustrious career.
Aside from winning Wimbledon and the Australian Open seven times she has also been world No 1 for 316 weeks in total which ranks her third in the Open era.
Some supporters, meanwhile, were quick to work out that Williams was pregnant during her 23rd slam triumph in Melbourne in January.
— Terrill ™ (@TerrillCharming) April 19, 2017
Serena Williams was pregnant when she won her 23rd grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. And did not drop ONE SET. Let that sink in.
— ☇ASAP Sports News☇ (@ASAP_SportsNews) April 19, 2017
Congratulations to @serenawilliams on her latest news. You’ve done something I could never do
— Not Roger Federer (@PseudoFed) April 19, 2017
Congrats Serena Williams, we are so happy for you!